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Judge Dean Rucker Receives Highest

Honor from Texas Academy of Family

Law Specialists

A

t its annual dinner in San Antonio on

August 5, 2015, the Texas Academy

of Family Law Specialists honored

Judge Dean Rucker, Presiding Judge

of the Seventh Administrative Judicial

Region of Texas, as the 2015 recipient of the Judge

Sam Emison Award. Each year, the Emison Award

is bestowed upon one exceptionally distinguished

family law practitioner or judge who has

demonstrated a significant commitment and made

significant contributions to the practice of family

law in the State of Texas. “I am deeply honored

to receive this distinguished award from this

outstanding organization of family law attorneys

and judges,” said Judge Rucker.

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The same week, Judge Rucker learned that the

authors of

Sampson & Tindall’s Texas Family Code

Annotated

dedicated the 2015 edition to him. The

dedication was in honor of Judge Rucker’s tireless

and extensive work drafting legislative changes

to the Texas Family Code for the 84th Legislative

Session. This volume is a trusted resource for

family lawyers and judges throughout Texas. “I am

humbled by this dedication,” said Rucker. “I have

loved every minute of my career.”

Judge Dean Rucker served as the presiding

judge of the 318th Family District Court, Midland

County, Texas for more than 25 years, retiring in

2014 as the longest serving judge in the history of

Midland County. He is also the presiding judge of

the Seventh Administrative Judicial Region, having

been appointed in 1998.

(Endnotes)

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Press Release, Seventh Administrative Judicial Region of Texas,

Judge Dean Rucker Receives Honors (Aug. 22, 2015) (on file with

author).

Photo left to right: Judge Rucker’s son, Dustin; Judge Rucker’s wife, Karen;

Judge Rucker; and Judge Rucker’s son, Clark